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Biochemistry Research International
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 5839762, 8 pages
Research Article

Protective Effect of Edaravone against Carbon Monoxide Induced Apoptosis in Rat Primary Cultured Astrocytes

1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, The First Affiliated Hospital of Chengdu Medical College, Chengdu 610500, China
2Department of Anesthesiology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Chengdu Medical College, Chengdu 610500, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Yuan Jiang

Received 22 October 2016; Revised 27 December 2016; Accepted 11 January 2017; Published 2 February 2017

Academic Editor: Angel Catalá

Copyright © 2017 Xiaodan Xu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To observe the protective effect of edaravone (Eda) on astrocytes after prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide (CO) and further to investigate the potential mechanisms of Eda against CO-induced apoptosis. Methods. The rat primary cultured astrocytes were cultured in vitro and exposed to 1% CO for 24 h after being cultured with different concentrations of Eda. MTT assay was used to detect the cytotoxicity of CO. Flow cytometry was used to detect the apoptosis rate, membrane potential of mitochondria, and ROS level. The mRNA and protein expressions of Bcl-2, Bax, and caspase-3 were assessed by real-time PCR and Western blotting analysis, respectively. Results. Eda can significantly suppress cytotoxicity of CO, and it can significantly increase membrane potential of mitochondria and Bcl-2 expressions and significantly suppress the apoptosis rate, ROS level, Bax, and caspase-3 expressions. Conclusion. Eda protects against CO-induced apoptosis in rat primary cultured astrocytes through decreasing ROS production and subsequently inhibiting mitochondrial apoptosis pathway.